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Also Known As: Died:
Born: March 8, 1959 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Rockford, Illinois, USA Profession: actor, producer, dish washer, library janitor, hot-tar roofer, waiter

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An actor known for the depth and intensity of his performances, Aidan Quinn eschewed the typical leading man roles in favor of complex characters in projects he found artistically appealing, rather than commercially attractive. After honing his craft in the theaters of Chicago, Quinn auditioned for and won his first feature film role - the lead in the romantic melodrama "Reckless" (1984). Even as he continued to perform on stage, he added to his screen credits with a charming turn in the quirky romantic comedy "Desperately Seeking Susan" (1985) and a daring portrayal of an AIDS victim in the made-for-TV drama "An Early Frost" (NBC, 1985). Quinn was endearing as a Baltimore family patriarch in "Avalon" (1990) and played put-upon brothers in films such as "Benny & Joon" (1993) and "Legends of the Fall" (1994). He was affecting as a doomed Irish farmer in love with an underage girl in "This is my Father" (1998), and as a troubled priest on the short-lived series "The Book of Daniel" (NBC, 2005-06). Never content to be confined to a single genre or character type, Quinn moved with ease from low-key family fare like the coming-of-age drama "Flipped" (2010) to the adrenaline-fueled action of "Unknown"...

An actor known for the depth and intensity of his performances, Aidan Quinn eschewed the typical leading man roles in favor of complex characters in projects he found artistically appealing, rather than commercially attractive. After honing his craft in the theaters of Chicago, Quinn auditioned for and won his first feature film role - the lead in the romantic melodrama "Reckless" (1984). Even as he continued to perform on stage, he added to his screen credits with a charming turn in the quirky romantic comedy "Desperately Seeking Susan" (1985) and a daring portrayal of an AIDS victim in the made-for-TV drama "An Early Frost" (NBC, 1985). Quinn was endearing as a Baltimore family patriarch in "Avalon" (1990) and played put-upon brothers in films such as "Benny & Joon" (1993) and "Legends of the Fall" (1994). He was affecting as a doomed Irish farmer in love with an underage girl in "This is my Father" (1998), and as a troubled priest on the short-lived series "The Book of Daniel" (NBC, 2005-06). Never content to be confined to a single genre or character type, Quinn moved with ease from low-key family fare like the coming-of-age drama "Flipped" (2010) to the adrenaline-fueled action of "Unknown" (2011), continuing a career that highlighted diversity over publicity.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Stay (2014)
2.
 Allegiance (2012)
3.
 Tracing Iris (2012)
4.
5.
 If I Were You (2012)
6.
 Stand Up, The (2012)
7.
 Sarah's Key (2011)
8.
 Unknown (2011)
9.
 Flipped (2010)
10.
 Jonah Hex (2010)
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Moved back and forth between Ireland and Illinois while growing up
1978:
Returned to Chicago at age 19
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Professional stage debut in Chicago production of "The Man in 605"
1983:
Acted in Off-Broadway production of "Fool for Love"
1984:
Film acting debut as motorcycle-riding rebel in "Reckless" co-starring Daryl Hannah
1985:
TV-movie debut, playing a gay man infected with the AIDS virus, in NBC's "An Early Frost"; received an Emmy nomination
1985:
Played unwitting projectionist in "Desperately Seeking Susan"
1986:
Put in extrememly brief but authentic appearance in "The Mission" before being murdered by his brother (Robert De Niro)
1986:
Stage directing debut at helm of John Turturro's "A Worker's Life" at NYC's Ensemble Studio Theatre
1987:
Starred in the PBS "American Playhouse" production of Arthur Miller's "All My Sons"
1987:
Portrayed Madeleine Stowe's murderous boyfriend in John Badham's "Stakeout"
1988:
Played Stanley Kowalski in a Broadway revival of "A Streetcar Named Desire"
1988:
Had title role in the film "Crusoe" a retelling of Daniel Defoe's "Robinson Crusoe"
1990:
Co-starred in Barry Levinson's autobiographical "Avalon"; played character based on Levinson's father
1990:
Met Robert Duvall acting in "The Handmaid's Tale"
1991:
Acted opposite Tom Berrenger in Hector Babenco's "At Play in the Fields of the Lord"
1991:
Played identical twins in USA movie "Lies of the Twins"
1992:
Appeared opposite Robin Wright in the Irish-set "The Playboys"
1993:
Supported Johnny Depp and Mary Stuart Masterson in "Benny & Joon"
1994:
Re-teamed with Madeleine Stowe for "Blink"
1994:
Starred alongside Brad Pitt and Henry Thomas as the sons of Anthony Hopkins in "Legends of the Fall"
1994:
Provided voice for Ken Burns' PBS documentary "The History of Baseball"
1995:
Co-starred with Duvall in "The Stars Fell on Henrietta"
1996:
Portrayed Harry Boland, friend and romantic rival to "Michael Collins" in Neil Jordan's biopic of the Irish freedom fighter
1997:
Played dual role of Carlos the Jackal and the US Navy doppelganger sent to destroy him in "The Assignment"
1998:
Cast as the detective investigating a murder who succumbs to Sandra Bullock's charms in "Practical Magic"
1999:
Re-teamed with Jordan for the psychological thriller "In Dreams"
1999:
Starred in "This Is My Father"; written and directed by brother Paul and shot by brother Declan
1999:
Played Meryl Streep's lover in Wes Craven's departure from horror, "Music of the Heart"
2002:
Cast in "Stolen Summer"; winner of Project Greenlight's competition partly sponsored by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck
2003:
Had lead role of Major Benedict Arnold in the A&E telefilm "Traitor: Benedict Arnold"
2004:
Had a four-part stint as a tough police lieutenant brought in to clean up the Anti-Crime squad on "Third Watch" (ABC)
2004:
Cast opposite Kyra Sedgwick in the drama "Cavedweller"; received an Independent Spirit Award nomination
2005:
Cast in the ensemble drama "Empire Falls," the HBO adaptation of Richard Russo's Pulitzer Prize winning novel
2005:
Cast in the ensemble "Nine Lives"; Rodrigo GarcĂ­a directs a series of vignettes, offering glimpses into the lives of nine women
2007:
Cast as Henry Dawes in the HBO Films original movie, "Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee"; earned an Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
2008:
Cast in the murder drama, "Dark Matter" loosely based on the 1991 University of Iowa shootings
2010:
Appeared in the Western action/drama "Jonah Hex" opposite Josh Brolin and Megan Fox
2010:
Appeared in the coming-of-age drama "Flipped," based on Wendelin Van Draanen's novel of the same name
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Education

Columbia College: Chicago , Illinois -

Notes

"I'm lucky. I can make really interesting films much of the time with interesting people yet be anonymous, have a private life. I'd like to have the choice of the better roles ... but they just don't come along that much unless you're in the top echelon of the actors in competition for the really good scripts.

"But in the end it doesn't really matter. I make a tremendous living. I get to work on really interesting, really different kinds of roles and still have a family life and some aspect of privacy, which a lot of those guys don't. I mean, having worked with Brad [Pitt] when he was becoming really big, with paparazzi chasing him, and when I was with Johnny Depp in 'Benny and Joon' ... it's not a nice way to live. I don't envy them." --Aidan Quinn to Los Angeles Times, September 29, 1997.

In October 2003, Quinn was charged with drunk driving, after police pulled him over for erratic driving. Quinn was in Maine shooting the HBO movie "Empire Falls"

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wife:
Elizabeth Bracco. Actor. Sister of Lorraine Bracco.

Family close complete family listing

brother:
Declan Quinn. Director of photography. Born c. 1957; shot "Leaving Las Vegas", "This Is My Father" and other films.
brother:
Paul Quinn. Actor, director, screenwriter. Born c. 1960; helmed (and wrote) "This Is My Father", starring Aidan and shot by Declan.
brother:
James Quinn. Actor. Younger.
sister:
Marian Quinn. Actor, director. Younger.
sister-in-law:
Lorraine Bracco. Actor.
daughter:
Ava Quinn. Born in 1989; mother, Elizabeth Bracco.
daughter:
Mia Quinn. Born in May 1998; mother, Elizabeth Bracco.
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